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Steal This Look: Living Room at La Maison du Figuier in France

We discovered La Maison du Figuier, a three-bedroom AirBnB on the Île de Ré (an island without cars in southwestern France) a while back; and we’re ready to move in. You too? Here are some ideas to re-create the look. Above: Living room furniture at La Maison du Figuier is centered around the old fireplace while extra pillar candles are stashed to the right on an inset shelf. Above: A view from above shows a humble set up of mismatched favorites. Materials Above: For a bright white paint, use Benjamin Moore’s Super White paint. Furniture Above: The Hans Wegner CH37 Armchair in oiled oak…


Nicolas Cage’s San Francisco Home | FOR SALE

Built on Russian Hill at a time when the neighborhood was rebounding after many of the ritzy homes were destroyed by the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, the large Tudor Revival home of 6,305 square feet spans four floors, all with spectacular views of San Francisco Bay. It is only two blocks from the zigzagged Lombard Street near parks and some of the city’s most beautiful homes in all styles of classic architecture - a perfect location for leisurely scenic strolls. The open and airy main floor includes a large foyer with classic staircase, formal living and dining rooms, library, powder…


Home Inspection Nightmares: Gardening Edition

Home Inspection Nightmares: Gardening Edition 2 × New Definition of “Raised Garden” New Definition of “Raised Garden” Courtesy of ASHI Reporter Note the rooftop sprinkler system. The roof only leaks when the plants are watered. Jim WhiteSuperior Home InspectionsHomer, Ill. 3 × Pop! There’s Corn in the Roof Pop! There’s Corn in the Roof Courtesy of ASHI Reporter This proves corn can grow anyplace in Nebraska. Ted RabenbergAdvanced Home Inspections Fairmont, Neb. 7 × Hedging On the Chimney Hedging On the Chimney A team of landscapers was sent in to try to locate this 'alleged' chimney." Paul StaronValley Building Inspections,…


John Philip Sousa’s Long Island Home | FOR SALE

The legacy of patriot musician John Philip Sousa, who died in 1932, is indelible to the fabric of this country. Referred to as the "American March King" known for Stars and Stripes Forever, March of the United States Marine Corps and The Liberty Bell, which was later used as the theme for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Sousa may not be with us any longer but his spirit lives on at "Wildbank," in Sands Point, Long Island.Sousa, the conductor of The President’s Own Band under five American presidents (Hayes through Harrison), purchased the house in 1915 and lived there until his death…


Expert Advice: How to Set a Table the French Way

“Choose a tablecloth that is informal but elegant,” Van Raden says. “Washed linen adds just the right relaxed and rumpled elegance to a dinner party table. Throw on a linen tablecloth and some complementary, but not matching, linen napkins in a shade or texture that differs from your table spread.” 3. Mix muted with wild. Above: Setting the table in the garden, for a long, slow meal, French style. “Keep your colors muted and flowers wild. Think more weeds and vines in your vessels than floral shop stems,” Van Raden says. 4. Create a “floral journey.” Above: Mayor’s arrangements add…


Updates From the Young Tradespeople at unCommon Construction

TOH has become acquainted with so many amazing trade programs all over the nation, especially after launching our Generation NEXT initiative to help close the skills gap. One of our favorite programs is unCommon Construction in New Orleans, Louisiana. unCommon Construction was established in 2015 and “uses the build process to empower youth to lead the workforce after high school or college.”This year, unCommon Construction partnered with The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans to build affordable housing in Tremé, New Orleans. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/updates-young-tradespeople-uncommon-construction

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